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Master’s Thesis Worker on Innovations

Helsinki, Finland
Closing date
27 September 2021
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At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push the boundaries for the technically possible.

Are you interested in driving change within one of the world’s leading defence companies? Are you eager to be part of a company that works on fighter jets, autonomous systems, submarines, artificial intelligence, quantum technology and you name it? Do you wish to bring together the best parts of large high tech companies and agile innovative start-ups? Do you share our commitment to find new approaches that improve the products and systems?

Now, Saab Finland is seeking a talented and highly motivated Master’s Thesis Worker - who will develop and pilot the innovation game plan for Saab Finland.

Your role

The objective of this Master Thesis project is to create innovation recipe and game plan for a mid-sized high-tech company, such as Saab in Finland.

The key research questions:

  • How do we maximize innovations from our deep involvement in research?
  • How do we take advantage of the innovative start-ups present on campus?
  • How do we exploit the experimentation capabilities, such as pilot networks?
  • How do we include sustainability into our innovation game plan?

The more specific objectives of the Master’s project include:

  • Review of the successful innovations concepts inside companies and corporations. The review conducted by literature and interviews. Findings of the study trips to global innovations hubs, e.g., Silicon Valley and Israel, will be included in the review.
  • Creation of the innovation game plan for Saab in Finland
  • Conduct the first pilot actions for the validation of the innovation game plan

The Master’s Thesis Worker finds ways to create value to Saab businesses from various sources. The value can originate from research conducted at our long-term research partner Aalto University. Additionally, we can drive collaboration with the most innovative high tech start-ups and create win-win for the start-ups and Saab. We can also initiate and drive innovation events, calls, and competitions within Finnish innovation ecosystem. The thesis worker will actively interact with Saab’s global innovation community.

Your profile

This challenging and exciting opportunity requires a distinctive and broad skill set.  The successful candidate is on a relevant Master’s program in a Business School or Technical University. Preferably, previous courses have included innovations, business models and strategies.

Since the work includes a lot of networking excellent communication skills in an international setup is a request. A prior experience with startup companies is seen as a benefit. To-do-attitude, high level of energy and capability to inspire others are good attributes to the candidate. He/she is self-motivated and has ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

You can communicate both in Finnish and English, Swedish skills is seen as an asset.

The thesis worker will report to Saab Finland CTO and assist in research and innovation ecosystem activities in Finland. The work place will be at Saab Finland headquarters in Kamppi in Helsinki.

The position entails to working with classified information. Therefore, a drug test and approved security clearance in accordance with the Finnish Security Clearance act 726/2014 is required for the selected applicant.

What you will be a part of?

Saab is committed to innovation globally. Innovation covers not only the technologies but also the ways of working, processes, business models etc.

Saab is a company that relies and trusts long-term research; hence, Saab has long strategic research collaboration with various universities globally. Aalto University is among the partners. There the collaborations focuses on the fields critical to Saab’s success, e.g., signal processing, microwave technology, and AI. The deep research collaboration and active presence on campus give Saab Finland an advantage in coming up with innovations that could transform the products, processes or business models.

Would you like to know more about the Saab-life and the benefits of joining us? Read our People Philosophy


If you aspire to help create and innovate whilst developing yourself in a challenging team setting, Saab may well have the perfect conditions for you to grow. We pride ourselves on a nurturing environment, where everyone is different yet we share the same goal – to help protect people.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Please send your cover letter and CV trough Saab Career System as soon as possible, latest by 27.09.2021. We are handling the applications already during application period. For more information on the role, please give a call to Petteri Alinikula, CTO of Saab Finland, tel. +358 40 480 1882.